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Beloo Mehra
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Student of Sri Aurobindo, Author, Blogger, Educator. Several degrees in Education and Economics, extensive teaching experience at school and university level in India and abroad, a keen interest in educational, social and cultural thought of Sri Aurobindo.
Student of Sri Aurobindo, Author, Blogger, Educator. Several degrees in Education and Economics, extensive teaching experience at school and university level in India and abroad, a keen interest in educational, social and cultural thought of Sri Aurobindo.

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In this two-part essay (published on LWP) I share a few selected insights from Sri Aurobindo, my Guru, on Guru-shishya parampara.

In many of Sri Aurobindo’s writings, especially in the thousands of letters written to his disciples and devotees, we find a great deal on what he once called as Guruvada. Here I only focus on a few specific topics as I highlight Sri Aurobindo’s deep insight and wisdom on why one needs a Guru, the true role or work of a Guru, the ideal relation between a Guru and a disciple, and why the tradition itself results in a diversity of teachings, paths and gurus.
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To see the organisation as one unified entity with different parts integrating and harmonising with one another, to value collaboration with other organisations, to emphasise flexibility and dialogue when dealing with employee concerns, and to value employees’ wellbeing as part of organisation’s social responsibility are all indicators that Microsoft understands the role of developing a greater subjective sense of its identity.

Discovery of the organisational soul has been the pet project of not only Nadella, but also of several other CEOs. For example, at Synovus Financial one of their weekly activities (“rituals”) led by CEO Blanchard is “a weekly meeting with a rock-the-boat agenda. First question at the meeting: “What are the 25 dumbest things we do around here?”[x]

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“What in Europe is called creation, the Aryan sages preferred to call srishti, projection of a part from the whole, the selection, liberation and development of something that is latent and potentially exists. Creation means the bringing into existence of something which does not already exist; srishti the manifestation of something which is hidden and unmanifest.”

~ Sri Aurobindo

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“What in Europe is called creation, the Aryan sages preferred to call srishti, projection of a part from the whole, the selection, liberation and development of something that is latent and potentially exists. Creation means the bringing into existence of something which does not already exist; srishti the manifestation of something which is hidden and unmanifest.”

~ Sri Aurobindo

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I am still not able to express in my unripe words the story I think I heard from these artworks that particular afternoon. So, like always I will rely on the words of my Gurus because for me Theirs are the Words which express the Truth. Theirs are the Words which help me remember always that:

“Behind the appearances there is a subtle reality much closer to Truth; it is that one we are trying to show you.” (The Mother)
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Some of my musings on Living Wise Project

“Sri Aurobindo’s answer is always the same: Be simple, be simple, very simple. And I know what he means: to deny entry to regulating, organising, prescriptive, judgmental thought — he wants none of all that. What he calls being simple is a joyful spontaneity; in action, in expression, in movement, in life, — be simple, be simple, be simple. A joyful spontaneity. To rediscover in evolution that condition he calls divine, which was a spontaneous and happy condition. He wants us to rediscover that.” (The Mother)
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“In ancient India vitta included wealth, riches, prosperity, management, finance. It was given a preeminent position and formed a part of the national development. It was recognised that economic well-being does not depend only on the material resources. The entrepreneurial class, the Vaishya had a significant role to play in the organisation of the society. The emphasis was not on consumption, on acquisition and possession. It was on spending, sharing, giving. Thus the Mahabharata advocates in unmistakable terms the patronage of commerce and trade – “The power of production in the Vaishyas should always be encouraged. They make the realm strong, enhance agriculture, develop its trades… A wise king should be favourable to them. There is no greater wealth in the kingdom than its merchants.”

“But in the ancient Indian wisdom economic development and wealth maximisation were not the aims in their own right. Progressive socio-moral fitness and increasing commitment to the Law of the Right were held as its culminating ideal. Dharma, Artha, Kama were not ends in themselves, but were a means to a nobler end. That end was Moksha, liberation from the littleness of our mortality. The trader was also accompanied by the sage, the warrior, and the labourer.” (R Y Deshpande)
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"What characterises the Indian ideal of Vaishya, which is one part of the four-fold system of Chaturvarna, is its equal or perhaps greater emphasis on an appropriate psychological-ethical capability development among the entrepreneurial, merchant classes in addition to their more material contribution to the economic well-being of the society. This subjective view of the nature of business and its rightful place in the overall social setup is now finding a new form in modern times."

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#Business #Management #HumanResourceManagement #OrganisationalStudies
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"Up to now no liberated man has objected to the Guruvada; it is usually only people who live in the mind or vital and have the pride of the mind or the arrogance of the vital that find it below their dignity to recognise a Guru."
~ Sri Aurobindo, (Letters on Yoga)

#GuruPurnima
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A piece written in the loving memory of my mother.

#Food #SoulFood #Cooking #Memories
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